A GP is an event anyone can enter over 2 days. Basically you need to go at least 8-2 or something to make day 2 of it.
A pro tour is the "win a PPTQ, win a PTQ, get a free trip to the PT" thing
March 13, 2017 6:22 p.m.
Grand Prix anyone can show up, for the initial round that is, and goes up. For pro tour, only the highest ranked can attend, and there is all sorts of qualifiers.
TLDR; pro tour is all pros, GP is a mox of everyone who wanted to go
March 13, 2017 6:23 p.m.
Okay. So if anyone can show to the GP why do stores have entry events? Do you just sign up for it and not play?
March 13, 2017 6:46 p.m.
if you win a grand prix trial you may get some (I think 2) round byes
March 13, 2017 8:20 p.m.
If you win a grand prix trial you are awarded 2 byes for the first two rounds of the grand prix associated with your grand prix trial. To attend a pro tour you need to win a preliminary pro tour qualifier which then qualifies you for a regional pro tour qualifier and you need to win that. You can also qualify for a pro tour by reaching enough pro points within a yearly season. You can obtain these by doing well at larger tournaments like grand prixs. Grand prixs are usually larger than the pro tour because anyone with 70 bucks can enter so long as they have not reached maximum capacity for the tournament where as pro tours are invite only essentially by doing well at other tournaments. Pro tours are often times the best of the magic players across the world typically around 300-400 people.
Also these days you need to go 6-3 at a grand prix on day one to make it to day two.